Monetary vs. Resource Based Economy

Posted: July 25, 2009 in Quotes, Technology
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“…the word corruption is a monetary invention…that aberrant behavior…behavior that’s disruptive to the well being of people. Well, you’re dealing with human behavior, and human behavior appears to be environmentally determined, meaning, if you were raised by the seminal Indians as a baby, never saw anything else, you would hold that value system.

And this goes for nations; it goes for individuals; for families… they try to indoctrinate their children to their particular faith and their country, and make them feel like they’re part of that. And they build a society, which they call ‘established’. They establish a workable point of view, and tend to perpetuate that. Whereas, all societies are really emergent, not established. And so, they fight new ideas that would interfere with the establishment.

Governments try to perpetuate that which keeps them in power. People are not elected to political office to change things… they are put there to keep things the way they are. So you see, the basis of corruption is in our society. Let me make it clear. All nations then, are basically corrupt, because they tend to uphold existing institutions. I don’t mean to uphold or downgrade all nations, but communism, socialism, fascism, the free enterprise system and all other sub-cultures are the same… they are all basically corrupt.

‘What’s in it for me’, is the way people think. And so if a man makes money selling a certain product, naturally he is going to fight the existence of another product that may threaten his institution. Therefore people cannot be fair and people do not trust each other. A guy will come over to you and say, “I’ve got just the house you’re looking for”. He’s a salesman. When a doctor says ‘I think your kidney has to come out’, I don’t know if he’s trying to pay off a yacht, or that my kidney has to come out- it’s hard in monetary system to trust people.

If you came into my store and I said this lamp that I’ve got is pretty good, but the lamp in the next store is much better, I wouldn’t be in business very long. It wouldn’t work… If I were ethical, it wouldn’t work. So, when you say industry cares for people… that are not true. They can’t afford to be ethical. So your system is not designed to serve the well being of people… if you still don’t understand that, there would be no outsourcing of jobs… if they cared about people. Industry does not care. They only hire people because it hasn’t been automated yet. So, don’t talk about decency and ethics… we cannot afford it and remain in business.

So you see, you have built in corruption. We are all chiseling off each other, and you can’t expect decency in that sort of thing. And feeling that, they don’t know who to elect. They think in terms of a democracy, which is not possible in a monetary based economy. If you have more money to advertise your position… the position you desire in government, that isn’t a democracy. It serves those in positions of differential advantage… so it is always a dictatorship of the elitists- the financially wealthy.

It’s not politicians that can solve problems. They have no technical capabilities. They don’t know how to solve problems. Even if they were sincere, they don’t know how to solve problems. It’s the technicians that produce the desalinization plants. It’s the technicians that give you electricity…that give you motor vehicles, that heat your house… and cool it in the summertime. It’s technology that solves problems, not politics. Politics cannot solve problems, because they are not trained to do so.

And writing your congressman is fantastic. They tell you to write your congressman if you want something done. The men in Washington should be at the forefront of technology. The forefront of human study… the forefront of crime… all the factors that shape human behavior. You don’t have to write your congressman…. What kind of people are they that are appointed to do that job? The future will have great difficulty…

And the question that is raised by politicians is ” how much will a project cost?” The question is not “how much will it cost?” – “Do we have the resources?” and we have the resources today, to house everyone, build hospitals all over the world, build schools all over the world, the finest equipment in labs for teaching and doing medical research. So you see, we have all that, but we are in a monetary system, and in a monetary system- there’s profit.

War, poverty, corruption, hunger, misery, human suffering will not change in a monetary system. That is- there will be very little significant change. It’s going to take the redesign of our culture, our values, and it has to be related to the carrying capacity of the earth. Not some human opinion or some politician’s notions of the way the world ought to be… or some religious notions of the conduct of human affairs.”

– Jacque Fresco, Industrial Designer and a Social Engineer

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